Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Dec. 19-23

Revival69 screens at the VIFF Centre

By Steve Newton

MONDAY: fast-rising Vancouver comic and podcaster Maddy Kelly performs a comedy show with a bunch of her friends at MOTN.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: the Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain features visits with Santa in his workshop, light installation, sliding zone, and ice-skating on the 8,000-square-foot mountaintop skating pond.

Festival of Lights is at VanDusen Garden

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: the City of Vancouver’s annual Festival of Lights is a winter wonderland featuring more than one million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden. Goes good with hot chocolate.

MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY: screenings at the VIFF Centre of director Ron Chapman’s music documentary Revival69: The Concert That Rocked the World, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and the Doors.

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: screenings at the Rio Theatre of director Henry Selick’s 1993 stop-motion animation musical The Nightmare Before Christmas, in which Jack Skellington, the beloved pumpkin king of Halloweenteen, kidnaps Santa Claus and delivers Christmas his own way.

Jay Gavin plays the Yale Saloon

WEDNESDAY: MRG Live and North Country Collective present the Country Live Christmas JAMboree at the Yale Saloon, featuring performances by Elliot C Way, Jay Gavin, Ben Arsenal, and Emmett Jerome.

THURSDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of director Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

THURSDAY: the Vancouver Canucks take on their Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle Kraken in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena. Go Kraken!

FRIDAY: vocalist Dawn Pemberton and bassist/bandleader Jodi Proznick lead an all-star band in joyful holiday classics in O Come All Ye Soulful at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio screens at the Rio

FRIDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, in which the Oscar-winning filmmaker reinvents the classic story of a wooden puppet brought to life in a stop-motion musical tale.

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